As part of preparing the budget at the beginning of April, the government issued an envelope worth 30 million euros. The aim was to support those who drive to work in their own cars and who are affected by rising diesel and petrol prices. The social partners were asked to distribute this envelope. Unions and employers have been given until the end of April to do so.
Trade unions and employers cannot agree on how the 30 million euros will be spent. The G10 meeting – which brings together chief negotiators from unions and employers – failed to reach an agreement yesterday. For unions, 30 million euros is simply too little. They also criticize that employers themselves do not want to make an effort to support their employees.
Today’s employers deny obstructing consultations and point in the direction of unions. After all, employers had put on the table a concrete proposal to support employees who today cannot claim relocation allowance and who live more than ten kilometers from work, it seems. This met with “njet” in unions. “In a moment of crisis, trade unions cannot choose that group of employees who really need support,” the employers banks responded.
The result: delays in interfering with resettlement agreements. The ball is now back in the government’s court. On Friday he would ask the social partners to sit around the negotiating table again.
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